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Update on work to restore access to flood-affected sites

23/11/2016

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is continuing repair work to restore access to sites affected by the June flood event.More

Maria Island ferry service will unlock tourism opportunities

22/11/2016

The Tasmanian Government has secured a new, year-round regular passenger ferry service to Maria Island National Park, which will help the island fulfil its potential to be one of the state's best tourism attractions.More

Replacement of facilities at Lake Tahune

21/11/2016

A tender has been advertised for the demolition and replacement of the hut and toilet facilities at Lake Tahune on the Frenchmans Cap walking track.More

Careers in the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service

Student Information

What exactly do rangers do? What other roles are there within the Parks and Wildlife Service? Here are some options as well as how you can work towards getting employment in this area.

Senior Positions

Parks and Reserves Managers and Senior Rangers are involved with: staff and budget management; project management; liaising with government agencies (Tasmania Fire Service, Police, Forestry) and local businesses; policy development; conservation planning for flora, fauna and cultural heritage (Aboriginal and European) and much more.

They have University degrees in Applied Science/Science or Environmental Management. They have studied topics like flora, fauna, planning, engaging the local community, indigenous issues, heritage building preservation, weeds and endangered species. Check the subjects you need for university entrance.

Some of the possible institutions are Charles Sturt Uni - NSW, www.csu.edu.au – (distance courses are available). Related courses are available at University of Tasmania www.utas.edu.au, New England University www.une.edu.au and more.

Park Rangers

Rangers are involved in daily land management issues. Some of this work is in the field and hands on. Rangers use computers, manage budgets, fight fires, work with local communities, assist visitors, rescue animals and people, drive tractors, clean facilities, carry out enforcement. spray weeds, control feral animals and much more.

They may have a University or TasTAFE (www.tastafe.tas.edu.au) qualification and skills in Conservation and Land Management - including mechanics, chainsaw safety, occupational health and safety, environmental management, knowledge of plants, animals, feral cats/foxes, weeds - poisoning techniques.

Wildlife Specialist Jobs

These jobs include zoologists, marine biologists, threatened species/feral pest scientists, botanists, earth scientists and game management. They work with wildlife surveys, devils, eagles, threatened species flora etc. Rangers regularly work with these specialists who are in a different department but closely linked – the Department of Primary Industries and Water)

Many students will think of this work when they think of ‘Rangers’. Qualifications are usually University degrees in zoology/botany/environmental management often with Honours/Masters.

Other park jobs

TAFE qualifications will help you to be competitive in applying for:

Field Officers – assist Rangers, do practical jobs – building, fire fighting, road maintenance, track maintenance, cleaning toilets, rubbish, picnic shelters and walker huts. TATAFE Conservation and Land Management

Administration – organize, balance money/accounts, records

Visitor Reception Officers - knowledge of parks around the State, customer service, publication sales

Cave Guide /Discovery(Education) Ranger
Fire Crew /Track Workers

Regional or City Jobs

Managers – set priorities, coordinate work Planners – park management plans

Interpretation/education – communication/signs, brochures, website, talks

Asset Management – building standards

Public Relations – media contact/communication

Fire Management – planning/control Heritage management – historic/marine sites

Track Management – safety/monitor tracks Marine Reserve – planning/management

Park entry – administer passes

Commercial Services – business/tour operators

Finance – tracking park expenses

Human resources – staff management and recruitment.

How do you find out?

Vacancies will be advertised in the newspaper/website www.jobs.tas.gov.au. Positions are very competitive, and you may need to persevere. Visit national parks, look around, watch and see what is happening. Join Wildcare www.wildcaretas.org.au and volunteer in a park or volunteer with Tasmania Fire Service www.fire.tas.gov.au. If you are very keen, ring and ask for an appointment to meet one of the staff.